STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping South Carolina's Educational Progress 2008
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Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and mid-way to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014
Student Demographics: White 53.8%, Black 40.1%, Hispanic 4%,  Asian/Pacific Islander 1.3%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

South Carolina Students

  South Carolina United States
Total Students 701,544 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 51.5% 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 2.1% 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 15.6% 13.6%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

South Carolina Schools

  South Carolina United States
Number of Schools 1,175 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 419 (37.1%) 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 211 10,676
Schools in Restructuring 86 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

South Carolina Facts and Figures

Total NCLB Funding (2007): $289,684,506; a 71% increase over 2001 levels
Public AYP Release Date: September 2007
Testing System Status: Approved

South Carolina Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  97.7% in low poverty schools, 92.3% in high poverty schools.

Secondary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  96.8% in low poverty schools, 87.6% in high poverty schools.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

South Carolina's Record of Achievement

Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  South Carolina 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 53% 59% 26%
White 66% 71% 35%
Black 37% 40% 12%
Hispanic 40% 49% 17%
Low Income 39% 44% 14%

  South Carolina 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 35% 69% 25%
White 46% 81% 35%
Black 19% 51% 9%
Hispanic 24% 51% 15%
Low Income 20% 55% 11%

Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  South Carolina 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 53% 80% 36%
White 67% 90% 50%
Black 33% 64% 14%
Hispanic 42% 74% 21%
Low Income 39% 70% 20%

  South Carolina 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 28% 71% 32%
White 39% 83% 44%
Black 13% 55% 15%
Hispanic 21% 62% 23%
Low Income 15% 59% 18%

Source: South Carolina Testing Data and 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

State Reading Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 214, while nationally they scored 220; 8th graders scored approximately 258, while nationally they scored 261.  

In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 213, while nationally they scored 217; 8th graders scored approximately 258, while nationally they scored 260.  

In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 214, while nationally they scored 216; 8th graders scored approximately 259, while nationally they scored 261.  

In 2002 4th graders scored approximately 213, while nationally they scored 217; 8th graders scored approximately 260, while nationally they scored 263.

State Math Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 243, while nationally they scored approximately 244; 8th graders scored approximately 281, while nationally they scored 280.  

In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 239, while nationally they scored approximately 238; 8th graders scored approximately 280, while nationally they scored 278.  

In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 237, while nationally they scored approximately 236; 8th graders scored approximately 276, while nationally they scored 276.  

In 2000 4th graders scored approximately 220, while nationally they scored approximately 222; 8th graders scored approximately 258, while nationally they scored 272.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Preparing South Carolina Students for Success

State's high school graduation rate in 2006 was 73.9% The percentage of high school students who graduate as reported by the state.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07


The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate was 60.6% for the state, 75% for the nation. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Source: College Board

South Carolina Nation
8,161
(20.9%)
698,182
(24.9%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible South Carolina Students % of Eligible South Carolina Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring 52,762 6,887 (13.1%) 529,627 (14.5%)
Choice 110,400 2,695 (2.4%) 119,988 (2.2%)

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07

Flexibility Options for States - South Carolina

Teacher Incentive Fund South Carolina Department of Education, Florence County School District Three
Limited English Proficient Partnership Participating
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities Not Participating
Tutoring Pilot Not Participating
Growth Model Not Participating
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot Not Participating

 
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